If you are anything like me and watch fantasy movies, you will know that giants are massive, colossal, supersized, overgrown beasts resembling a human in some way. If you don’t know what they are, they are massive, colossal, supersized, overgrown beasts resembling a human in some way. I would honestly hate to ever come face to face with one of these gigantic beings. I mean based on the movies I’ve watched, they always seem to be terrifying and want to harm you, possibly even kill you. Luckily, for you and me, we aren’t living in a movie and there aren’t any giants walking this earth.
But… If we think about it. We do actually face giants. Every single day. These ‘giants’ may not take the shape or form of the one’s we see in fantasy movies, but rather in the form of trials in our everyday life.
These giants seem to come at us every day, sometimes non-stop, and some are a lot worse than others. They could be issues in a relationship, illnesses, studying for you final exam, challenges at work, family problems and the list goes on. Every one of us faces our own giants and are each will challenge us in a different way. They seem to leave us dead still in our tracks, asking questions such as “what on earth is going on?” and “how will I ever overcome this mountain of a problem in front of me?” We often can’t answer these questions ourselves and some of us will even then direct questions towards God and ask Him “why would you let something like this happen to me?” or “why are you not helping me get through this?” I think as human beings this is natural for us. We say it is God’s fault and have a go at Him because He is supposed to protect us. I get that because I feel that way too sometimes. I have no clue why these trials bring us to a complete standstill and cause absolute havoc in our lives, but one thing I do know is that God is present in every one of these trials and He helps us face these ‘giants’.
A great example would be the story of David and Goliath. If you don’t know the story here is a quick rundown. Goliath was a giant of a man who stood over 9 feet tall. He challenged the Israelites to send out a warrior to take him on in a one on one battle to the death. Whoever won between the two would win the war for their side. Simple enough, but this is where it gets interesting. Nobody wanted to fight this monster except one person, David. David was a mere shepherd boy and was at the war because his father had told him to deliver food to his brothers who were fighting as soldiers. Whilst walking through the camp David overheard soldiers talking about Goliath and how nobody would dare face him. After hearing this David demanded to see the king, Saul. David told the king that he would fight and slay Goliath! Why? Because Goliath was defying God and this angered David. However, Saul said no don’t be ridiculous, but we see in 1 Samuel 17:34-37 David replied with this – “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the lord be with you!” Wow… the fate of Israel on a mere shepherd boy’s shoulders. No pressure. This was to be the ultimate showdown. Shepherd Boy vs. Giant Beast. What a final round to watch.
David met Goliath in the middle of the battlefield and scripture says this in 1 Samuel 17:40- “He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.” What? Five stones, a staff, and a sling to kill a giant who is full of armour and has a giant weapon?! Not a chance would you catch me doing this. I’d be watching David on the battlefield while eating the food he brought for his brothers.
As they stood in the valley there was a lot of talk from Goliath. He was undermining David in every way. David responded with (1 Samuel 17:46) – “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” This provoked Goliath and he began to move closer to attack David after the heated verbal battle. Scripture tells us in 1 Samuel 17:49 what happens next – “Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.” David had slain the giant known as Goliath. The Shepherd boy had won… Wow.
We look at this amazing story and there are a few key points that need to be addressed.
God prepares us.
You may be facing your giant right now, whatever it may be. But know that God has prepared you for this moment. You have faced many others giants and trials in the build-up to this battle the same way David had to face many trials in the form of lions and bears stealing his precious lambs. Remember what David said, God would deliver him from the jaws of these beasts every single time. David had to face these trials in order to be ready to face Goliath, the giant. I encourage you to take comfort in knowing that God has prepared you for what you are facing.
God is present.
God never leaves our side. We often feel that He just disappears and leaves us to fend for ourselves when we are facing our giants. Yet that is never the case. In Psalms 23:4 it says “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” The darkest valley is often the time when we are facing our giants. We have to keep believing that God is always there right by our side, will never leave us and He will help us through it. We just have to keep leaning on Him and pushing through, knowing that God is protecting us the entire time.
After many prayers, tears and moments of almost giving up we soon realize that God was fighting for us all along. These giants soon begin to become small obstacles that we look back at and laugh at. He gave us the strength to slay these giants and overcome them. How? I’m not sure, but that is the beauty of it. No giant, as big as they are, are bigger than God.
God is beside us during the trials leading up to the big battle, all the way to the moment where we stand triumphantly on the chest of the giant lying slain on the floor. With God, we are always victorious. Trust Him that He will deliver you from your giants. Let Him fight your battles and help you slay those giants. Like I said earlier. No giant is bigger than our God. Remember that.